LINGUIST List 16.2806|
Thu Sep 29 2005
Disc: Re: Phonology, Mysterious /s/
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1. Dinha T.
Re: 16-2712, Phonology, Mysterious /s/
Message 1: Re: 16-2712, Phonology, Mysterious /s/
From: Dinha T. Gorgis <gorgis_3yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: 16-2712, Phonology, Mysterious /s/
[Re: LINGUIST 16.2712, Phonology: Mysterious /s/
Standard Arabic prohibits both s+C and V+s+C. Not only this, but it prohibits
consonant cluster formation save at word-final position in case the speaker
wishes to pause whereby only a CC is allowed. And this expains the failure of
Arabs learning English to produce CCC and CCCC clusters at all word-positions.
Assyrian, as spoken today, permits s+C (whether voiced or voiceless), though
genetically related, e.g. /spa:y/ 'good or well'(with noticeable loss of
aspiration, like English); /smo:qa/ 'red' (with a devoiced m). I believe it is a
matter of habit formation; never biological and never universal!
Prof. Dinha T. Gorgis
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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